Wednesday News

Issue 2

13 Jan 2021

Dóchas News

(1) Dóchas CEO Forum: 26 January, 9 & 23 February

Dóchas is delighted to invite its member CEOs to attend a series of CEO Forums in the new year. The forums will provide a space for networking and sharing on leadership issues. Each session will last for one hour, with the option to stay on for a further half hour to network. Find out more

Session 1: What have we learnt in 2020 about adaptive leadership? 12.30-1.30pm, 26 January

Session 2: Resilience, performance and measuring success: 2.30-1.30pm, 9 February

Session 3: Dóchas leaders reflect on managing through change and uncertainty: 12.30-1.30pm, 23 February

(2) Dóchas Workshops for Members on Charities Governance Code: 26 Jan, 16 Feb & 9 March

Senan Turbull will lead a series of three workshops for Dóchas Members (employees and Board Members) to assist members understand the requirements of the Charities Governance Code. The Workshops will include an overview of the not-for-profit sector and the changing expectations around accountability. They will work through the forty-nine Standards in the Charities Code six Principles and there will be advice about how to check your current level of compliance against what is expected as evidence of compliance. The third Workshop will look at the work to be done over the next 8/9 months to enable your Board to complete the Compliance Record Form. Workshops will take place from 5-7pm. Find out more


**Please note that participation in the above meetings/events is open to Dóchas member agencies only. For further information on any of the above, please contact the Dóchas office, T: 01 4053801, E:

Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

(1) Ireland for a World BEYOND War: 7pm, 13 January

Join us in the new year for a series of 5 weekly Wednesday webinars. We, the Irish Chapter of World Beyond War, will interview a number of people who have been thinking about war and about who wins and who loses? How it is waged and financed? How does it impact the civilian populations of the world and cause such human misery and impact the environment? Does it really have to be like this? The events will be on at 7-7.45pm (GMT) and start on 13 January the and run for the following five Wednesdays concluding on 10 February. Find out more.

(2) What Civil Society Organisations can do to create the enabling environment they need: 1-2.30pm, 27 January

Join Forus for a dynamic discussion on local and global strategies and the launch of the new Forus enabling environment study. Speakers will include institutional actors, civil society organisations, activists, and media representatives. We will launch a new Forus study on the topic, created in partnership with Cooperation Canada and AidWatch. From Brazil to Indonesia, the authors and contributors to the study will answer questions and spark debates around the issue of an enabling environment and civic space. Forus will take this opportunity to present its new "A Space for Us" podcast, on issues important to civil society - from gender to climate justice - with interviews to Forus members, activists and allies from around the globe. Find out more.

(3) Beyond 2020 Roundtable: European donor support to SRHR and FP in the coming decade: 10-11am, 2 February

In the context of the ‘Not Without FP Forum’, Countdown 2030 Europe are pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion on European donor support to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and family planning (FP) in the coming decade. With inputs from European and African decision-makers and civil society representatives, we will discuss recent trends in donor funding. Find out more.

(4) Ireland and the UN Security Council: What can be achieved for peace and security? 2pm, 2 February

This discussion will explore what success and impact in relation to peace and conflict would look like for Ireland during its term on the UN Security Council; priorities for Security Council action in conflict-affected contexts; and what we can learn from past experiences of member states on the Council. Speakers include: Prof Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur; Prof Siobhan Wills, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University; Radhya Al-Mutawakel, Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights; Louise Winstanley, ABColombia; Gustavo de Carvalho, Institute for Security Studies Africa. The event is organised by the Irish Peace and Conflict Network. Register here

Situations Vacant - Paid Posts

(1) Concern Worldwide - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally 

Concern Worldwide is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in Ireland and internationally. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(2) GOAL - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

GOAL is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Full details are available here. Details for current invitations to tender for consultancies can be found here. Various closing dates apply.

(3) Trócaire - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

Trócaire is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(4) Oxfam Ireland – Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally.

Oxfam Ireland is currently advertising vacancies for various roles. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(5) Front Line Defenders seeks Institutional Grants Manager

Front Line Defenders is seeking to recruit an Institutional Grants Manager to help the organisation expand its support to human rights defenders at risk. The Institutional Grants Manager will lead Front Line Defenders’ established process of engagement with its global consortium of private and institutional donors. This includes responsibility for reporting, relationship management and identifying new funding opportunities. Find out moreClosing date: 13 January.

(6) Plan International Ireland seeks Digital Marketing Officer

Digital Marketing Officer: The Digital Marketing Officer is a member of the Public Engagement Team. The Digital Marketing Officer will develop plans to maximise digital income, supporter recruitment and retention through digital channels, including email, search and display. This role will also support a revamp of the current Plan International Ireland website ( Find out more. Closing date: 15 January.

(7) Self Help Africa seeks Financial Controller

Self Help Africa is a leading international development charity with an expertise in small-scale farming and growing family-farm businesses. We are motivated by injustice, by our expertise in small-scale agriculture and family-farm business, and the opportunity we have to help small farmers change the lives of their families. We are looking for an experienced and exceptional Financial Controller for this full-time position within Self Help Africa. This is an exciting role which requires the successful candidate to develop and improve Self Help Africa's finance function and make a significant contribution to our ambitious growth plans. Find out more. Closing date: 15 January.

(8) Self Help Africa seeks Regional Director - East and Horn of Africa

Self Help Africa is a leading international development charity with an expertise in small-scale farming and growing family-farm businesses. We are motivated by injustice, by our expertise in small-scale agriculture and family-farm business, and the opportunity we have to help small farmers change the lives of their families. The Regional Director (RD) is a new role in Self Help Africa and the wider Gorta Group. As part of the organisation's global management team, the RD will be responsible for leading and delivering organisation growth and impact. The RD will lead the organisation in the East and Horn of Africa. This currently comprises Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia country programmes with projects in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Eritrea. Find out more.  Closing date: 29 January.

(9) 2021 EU Junior Professionals in Delegation Scheme

The call for expressions of interest in the 2021 High Level Traineeship Programme in the Delegations of the European Union (worldwide) is now open. Successful applicants will gain first-hand experience of the work of EU Delegations (the offices of the EU institutions in countries outside the EU). Junior Professionals perform a range of functions, including political, press and information, and aid management, trade and economic development.  For Ireland, two JPD positions will be financed by the EU institutions in 2021, and Irish Aid intends to finance an additional two positions. Positions financed by Irish Aid are likely to be aligned with Ireland’s development policy interests. In particular, preference for those positions may be given to a candidate who may be suitable to be placed in West Africa (for example possessing a high level of French, Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic). Find out more. Closing date: 31 January.

Situations Vacant - Internships and Volunteer Posts

There are no internships or volunteer posts in this week's newsletter.

Courses and Training

(1) Eurocheck Security Consultants Limited - Online/blended learning - security awareness and hostile environment courses

Established in 2001, Eurocheck is a worldwide leader in providing security training and support to NGOs, aid and human rights workers, charities, students, and journalists. Our security trainers are specialists in their fields and have all worked in various hostile environments around the world. Our online courses are reasonable priced at €100 + VAT for the two-day security awareness course and €200 + VAT for the 4-day hostile environment course. We are currently running several courses a month. Please contact us re availability. These courses can be taken from the safety and comfort of your home or office here in Ireland or from overseas if already deployed. Find out more at or contact us at 086 8142446 or

(2) Latin American Development Issues Course

This is a lively and participative course open to people with any kind of interest in Latin America, and it will give participants insight into the causes and consequences of social justice and human rights issues in the region. Participants will acquire a general understanding of Latin American social, political, historical and economic contexts as well as more detailed learning on topics of contemporary significance, such as globalisation and trade; labour issues; migration; struggles for indigenous rights; environmental and climate change problems and threats; feminist and gender rights movements and other popular resistance. This course carries a QQI Level 5 Minor Award. The course will be run on Tuesday evenings, starting from 19 January, from 7-9 pm via Zoom. Find out more.

Forthcoming Events

(1) Virtual Launch: The Global Citizen’s Journey, a resource for Global Citizenship Education: 4pm, 21 January

Join GOAL Global on to learn about “The Global Citizen’s Journey”, a resource for Global Citizenship Education. This virtual launch event is for young people (18+), and educators and leaders of 14-18 year olds all over the world. “The Global Citizen’s Journey” is a downloadable booklet of activities for use on and offline. Developed and tested by the GOAL Global Youth Programme, the activities are interactive, engaging, and help to develop the critical thinking skills to explore the realities and complexities of our interconnected world and recognize the imperative for active solidarity at local and global levels. Register here

Other Information

(1) RINGO Participant application

Ringo has been busy working behind the scenes, and we are now ready to recruit for participants to join our ‘core’ process – a convening of up to 50 innovators, strategic thinkers and change agents from INGOs and stakeholders – partners, funders and social movements to join an innovative global systems change process. If this is you, and you can dedicate 1-2 days a month for at least a year, then go to this google form and apply to be part of this unique systems change convening for the next two years.  Apply hereClosing date for applications: 18 January.

(2) GOAL Changemakers: Teachers' Resources for Remote Learning

We at GOAL understand that this is an extremely uncertain time for educators and pupils alike. To support Primary school teachers in the virtual classroom while schools are closed, we have several support materials on our resource page as part of our Changemakers programme, including well-being activities, specifically designed for remote learning. Our lesson plans are fun, curriculum-linked and they are ready right away for use online in the form of Powerpoint presentations complete with teacher notes. We also have worksheets, videos and other activities available too. GOAL staff are also running a series of information sessions to guide teachers through the delivery of the resource and answer any questions they may have. Find out more.  



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